The BMW Z4 roadster returns after a three-year hiatus with a soft top, a sportier character, up-to-date advanced safety features, and improved fuel economy.
It is closely related to the new Toyota Supra coupe.
The base 2.0-liter turbo Z4 delivers punchy acceleration and an invigorating exhaust sound.
The eight-speed automatic shifts with authority.
No manual is available.
Its handling is super nimble, but it has an incessantly stiff and choppy ride.
The powered soft top can open and close in just 11 seconds, and can be done on the move up to 31 mph.
It can also be opened or closed remotely, using the key fob.
There is minimal wind buffeting inside with the windows up.
The iDrive control system takes some time to master, but it proves intuitive with experience.
It has Apple CarPlay compatibility, but it requires a subscription after the first year.
All Z4s are equipped with forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. A 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbo is new for 2020.